Types of Braces and Cost
Prentice Orthodontics has many different styles of braces that will suit you or your child’s needs and lifestyle. Technological advancements mean braces or aligners are lighter, less noticeable, and more comfortable, which makes treatment easier for you or your child and reduces visits to the orthodontist. We also have many different pricing options for braces, so don’t let the cost defer you from having the smile you want. Please visit our financial/insurance page for more information.
Empower® 2 is the industry leader for self-ligating brackets, trusted by thousands of doctors. These braces are not only quick to install but can also reduce the length of time for treatment significantly. These braces also provide a more subtle appearance and are comfortable for patients.
Empower® Clear Brackets
Empower® Clear Brackets utilize an interactive self-ligating bracket system to enhance patient comfort and shorten treatment time while keeping aesthetics in mind. Empower Clear braces use translucent clips and brackets for cosmetic appeal. Now patients can receive the benefits of a self-ligating bracket system with the aesthetics of ceramic braces.
Empower® Interactive and Passive Brackets
Empower® is the first in the industry to offer the versatility of both interactive and passive bracket designs in one unified “dual activation” system with coordinated ins and outs. This means brackets are easier to adjust. Interactive ones have exceptional torque and rotation control during working and finishing phases. Passive brackets lower litigation forces throughout treatment.
Empower® Dual Activation
Empower® Dual Activation places interactive brackets on anterior teeth and passive brackets. This hybrid system lowers ligation force, while still offering full anterior control for precise finishing. Contact us today for more information.
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Ceramic braces are another great option to improve your smile while maintaining your confidence. Ceramic braces are just like metal ones in shape and size but have clear or tooth-colored brackets to blend in with teeth.
- Obtain excellent results with ceramic braces.
- You can enjoy wearing fashionable, colored braces.
- Unlike aligners, ceramic braces are permanent and won’t get lost or misplaced.
- Ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal.
- Ceramic braces are attached to teeth, so you won’t lose them.
- Require consistently good hygiene and care.
- Restrictions on some types of food.
- Ceramic braces are more expensive than metal.
- They fracture more easily than metal braces.
Attention kids, teens and even adults: gone are the days of hiding your braces from the world: Prentice Orthodontics offers a variety of colored bands that make having metal braces extra fun. Talk to Dr. Prentice about adding some pop and pizzazz to your braces with color.
How Long Do Braces Take?
We pride ourselves in quick, no fuss appointments and want to accommodate your busy schedule. The amount of time needed for adult orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient, but Dr. Prentice will work with you to establish a reasonable timeline of care based on your evaluation. Before you start treatment, Dr. Prentice will give you a thorough examination. She checks for facial balance, disproportionate jaw growth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. After completing her initial evaluation, Dr. Prentice will provide a plan for your treatment, including pricing, the time needed, and any other factors to help you achieve the smile you deserve.
Retention and Post-Treatment Care
Remember, the work isn’t over once your braces come off. At this point, you enter the retention stage of your treatment plan. This phase takes a minimum of 24 months and involves wearing retainers and undertaking a consistent self-care routine to ensure the treatment lasts and teeth don’t shift back. During this time, Dr. Prentice pays close attention to your teeth to ensure everything stays in place.
Orthodontic Retainers Help Keep Alignment Over Time
Teeth can shift again over time. Removable and/or permanent retainers help ensure your smile stays as you intend it to. Retainers, combined with normal upkeep and routine maintenance, will keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
How Do Your Teeth Shift Over Time?
Many factors contribute to your teeth and jaw moving over time, including bad habits like chewing on pens or grinding your teeth when you sleep. Anything that can apply more pressure to certain areas of your mouth will cause shifting. Often, these small shifts can make a big change in the way your smile appears or feels, causing underbite, crossbite, deep bite, open bite, crowding, spacing and protrusion. It is critical to wear and maintain your retainers after treatment to prevent long-term health issues such as gastrointestinal problems, headaches, and ear pain.
Various Treatment Options
Don’t think braces are right for you? We have a variety of other treatment options. We work with you to set the treatment pace, and accommodate your schedule. Visit our treatment options page and then ask us which one is right for you.
Get the Best Braces from Prentice Orthodontics
If you’re considering braces, but don’t know where to start, Dr. Prentice can answer all your questions. Contact her today for information on which type of braces are right for you. If you are concerned about affording orthodontic work, visit our financial/insurance page which outlines your payment and insurance options.